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Let Kenyan women dress the way they want

24 February 2015, 17:01 Shakila Alivitsa

Nairobi - Over the years, the office space has experienced a dramatic change in its operations, structure as well as in conduct rules and regulations. I do not know about the governmental offices though; last time I visited one they still look the same and do things the same.

But let us skip over to the corporates, NGOs, startups and the likes. Most have adopted a more casual and open setting when it comes to their work environment. The Google offices are for me one of the best; most techies want to work there, even I want to work there. It is not only the space that has taken a re-invention but how we dress to work has also taken an about turn. We do not need to wear suit and ties and that is really nice because apart from being too expensive when you think of having a different suit for every day of the week (unless you plan to rewind), they are also just constricting and uncomfortable. On the other hand some people are taking it too far though.

By other people I mean the women because I cannot see a man wearing a too tight sweater or pants or a shirt that is popping buttons at the chest.  I once heard a lecture by Caroline Mutoko when she was talking about the type of clothes that women need to wear and part of it mentioned the length of the skirt. For her, it should either reach the knees or be really long; I need to add the pencil skirt to the list though. Some women on the other hand seem to not know where there knees are. Being sexy is not about you wearing a skirt that is too short that you need to pull it down every few minutes or too tight that you can’t breathe when you seat down. If you are not comfortable, it shows and that is not sexy.

Then there are the shirts and blouses that pop buttons every time you breathe or open it all the way to your bra. If it is at work do not let your bra show unless you are garnering for a sexual harassment case. Then there are those ladies with bad hygiene, you pop the top buttons yet the bra is dirty. A white bra with brown marks is never a good look. Even the colored ones show dirt by the way. If not that, it is torn and tattered, that is not a good look. If you have to show it then at least let it be worth it.

Moving on to the pants; if you have to wear it tight and fitting at least let it not show your panty lines or break at the seams. Or the ones where you sit or bend over, we see your kingdom come. Find something that is your size. You look better comfortable rather than when you are struggling to walk or hide a tear in all the wrong places.

Fitting or A-line dresses at work are better than a maxi dress that you wore at some wedding that you need to put a scarf top to cover the cleavage. If it was for a wedding then it most definitely is not for work.

At the end of the day no-one will tell you that what you are wearing is bad because you will get offended. But at least listen to me or Caroline if need be so that you do not embarrass yourself; some looks are better left at home or at the vendor’s stall not the office.

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